NEW YORK – On Thursday, March 24, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale of Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art. The 534-lot auction is, as always, curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert on tramp art, folk art and Americana. Featured in the sale lineup are a trio of museum-quality portrait dolls dressed in silk and satin wedding attire, created in the first half of the 20th century; duck decoys, a wood carving of a Great Dane dog, a Southern country abacus, a quartet of Beatrix Potter Vienna bronzes, and a generous selection of quilts, including a circa-1880s Victorian silk crazy quilt.
Additionally, there are checkerboards, trade signs, including one touting ‘Camp Read, The Personality Camp for Girls;’ and another for the White Goose Inn, which takes the form of a white goose with the word INN painted in black on its body. The list of highlights continues with a Mose Tolliver painting on wood of a cut watermelon, an orange and black plaid Princeton reunion jacket with a badge declaring the wearer a member of the class of 1932, needlework and schoolgirl samplers, led by an 1804 contribution from Abigail Otis of Scituate, Massachusetts; a 19th-century mochaware pitcher decorated with a blue band, and a cast-iron candy store scale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Not to be missed is a circa-1880s Victorian silk and cotton crazy quilt, estimated at $900-$1,200. It measures 66 by 66in and it was discovered in Western Pennsylvania. The lot notes describe the quilt as “all hand stitched, with hand painted scenes, unusual stumpwork dogs, fans, butterfly, cross-stitched birds, other hand embroidered accents and a velvet border.”
Abigail Otis completed the aforementioned schoolgirl sampler in 1804, at the age of 10. Among its decorative flourishes is a two-verse poem that reads: “When Death transfers me to the dust / May I be number’d with the Just / My soul ascend to worlds of bliss / Where dwells immortal happiness / See here I leave my name behind / Forgetful mortals to remind / That once I lived / But can I hope this slender webb / Entwin’d with party-coloured thread / When bronze or deep cut marble bust / With time is crumbling back to dust / Will give me life. Nay but to live / I must to fame A trumpet give / With Virtue tuned.” The sampler is estimated at $2,500-$3,000.
The final highlight is a Mose Tolliver (American, 1918, 1919 or 1920-2006) painting on wood of a cut watermelon, estimated at $1,500-$2,000. The African American outsider artist appended his typically shortened signature, ‘Mose T,’ on the cheerful-looking work, which is described as being in excellent condition.
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